Fall is the perfect time to take a scenic drive. The colors are stunning and wildlife is abundant. But, according to the Division of Natural Recourses, October and November also present the highest risk to West Virginia drivers of colliding with deer. So, you can safely enjoy all the beautiful fall drives West Virginia has to offer, here are some tips from Pantili Mitsubishi for avoiding deer on the road this fall.
Be Aware of your surroundings
Scan your peripherals for deer. If you see a deer, immediately reduce your speed and sound your horn several times in short blasts.
Use your headlights
Keep your headlights on even during the day. This will often help you spot deer because their eyes are reflective. At night, use your high beams when possible to increase your field of view.
Brake, don’t swerve
If you encounter one or more deer on the road, don’t swerve out of your lane to avoid it. Instead, apply your brakes and wait until the deer clear out of the way before proceeding.
One deer usually means more deer
If you see one deer, proceed with extreme caution and keep an eye out for more, as deer typically travel in groups.
This fall, make a habit of driving defensively. Colliding with a deer is very dangerous and can do massive damage to your vehicle. Keep your eyes peeled and drive safely!
Sometimes, safety technology can be complicated to understand. Because of this, Mitsubishi has started a new Kids Talk Safety campaign that simplifies even the most complicated safety tech. This new campaign, which started on the Mitsubishi Motors North America YouTube channel, helps educate buyers before they purchase the new 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander.
“Safety technology in cars has become increasingly sophisticated and complex and an important part of decision making when buying a car. But we wondered how many people really understood what these systems do,” said Francine Harsini, senior director for Mitsubishi marketing. “So we created our Kids Talk Safety social media campaign and used children with their active imaginations to help explain what each system does in simple easy-to-understand language, even though they might have difficulty pronouncing the name of the system.”
The kids from this social media campaign hit the booths of the Los Angeles Auto Show on November 16th and 17th. They went around the show to help explain the different systems, including forward collision mitigation, blind spot warning with rear-cross traffic alert, and the multi-view camera system.
This new campaign has made it significantly easier for people to understand how the systems work, since they can explain the complicated features in simple, relatable terms. There are a number of videos that highlight this skill at Mitsubishi’s media site, so check them out here.
If you’re interested in learning more about Mitsubishi’s new Kids Talk Safety campaign—or merely want to see these safety features for yourself—feel free to stop by Pantili Mitsubishi.
The cold weather is creeping up on us and it will strike in full force before you know it! Winter can do a number on your car, especially if you haven’t properly prepared for the harsh season. Preparing for winter’s icy fist is actually easier than it may seem. Here are a few ways you can prepare your car for winter as recommended by us here at Pantili Mitsubishi.
- Oil – As the temperature drops, oil grows thicker. Old oil will grow even thicker than new oil which means your engine won’t run at peak efficiency. Fresh oil will allow your engine to put out optimal power and earn the best fuel economy this winter.
- Lights – Visibility is a major part of driving, as any good driver knows, which is why its important to keep your lights in proper working order. Take the time to wipe down and clean the lenses. Replace any burnt out bulbs if necessary. Your lights increase your visibility but also make your car more visible to other drivers.
- Tires – Tire pressure tends to drop as the weather grows colder which means you’ll need to ensure your tires are properly inflated at least once a week. Check the tread level as well to ensure you have enough tread left to provide enough traction on slick roads.
Whether you are driving your kids to school or are a student yourself – trying to make it to class on time – there are certain hazards that only present themselves during the school year. This year, follow these school driving safety tips:
- Always obey the stop signs on school buses, which is the law. Try to even give buses extra space if possible.
- Pay attention to the reduced speed limits in school zones, which are there for good reason.
- Keep your eyes peeled for children waiting for the bus or walking to school, and familiarize yourself with bus stops in your area.
- If you are driving kids to school, try not to let them distract you too much when you are driving in the school zone.
- And if you are driving yourself to school, remember that if you are running late, being on-time is not worth a speeding ticket – or worse, a collision.
For more tips or to start the school year out with a brand new car, contact us or visit us anytime, here at Pantili Mitsubishi.